This is what is scheduled to be updated next week-shooting for Tuesday (maybe even sooner) — I’m super excited and have been working day and night on this, and it’s been a blast. Special Shout out to our partners YHWH Games! who has made this all possible by helping us out with art!
Upcoming Patch-week of 1/22/2019:
New updates (Screenshots Below!)
–New UI is slowly being implemented- some sections have it done, others are the old.
–Private breeds can be distributed
–Unicorns! Very rare unicorns can be found through out the world.
–New Shop! With categories for equipment, clothing, accessories and the like.
–Quests! A long chain of tasks for a main quest is partially in and under testing
–Human Avatars! You can customize your avatar in the “Avatar” panel, button provided off the ranch page (home button).
–Horse Tack & Equipment! Everyone should get a starter saddle and bridle. To get more items, you can visit the store or complete quests
–Chat will return! Sorry our chat server went down when I had the game updates/code in limbo and could not update it till now.
–Notifications should delete properly, under testing
–Viewing your ranch panel after viewing another player’s will no longer display their name and ID
–An issue where buying wild horse catches did not work while out riding has been fixed.
–Subscription time not displaying correctly after purchase has been fixed.
What we’re working on:
–Reins and stirrups (I’m a rookie at game physics so trying to make them behave!)
–Bidding on horses
–Horse Level up Perk system
–Player Perk (level) system
–ranch building- place barns, fences and whatnot.
–Ability to have multiple ranches per account
–Dozens of new horse patterns and markings (always will add more)
–More Equipment and avatar customization options
Avatar Customization – initial options
Store by category and filtering options
Previewing Store Item
New Ranch Panel
The Male Avatar
First off, sorry for the lack of updates. We have some great news now- first thing is that I currently have a lot of time to start working on the game again. My first priority is to add a new chat server, fix a few known bugs (buying wild catches when riding, notifications not getting removed, wrong ranch name showing etc…), and then finishing the bidding on horse feature and getting clubs in. We also expect to have a more friendly and prettier UI. Private breeds will also be in game next update.
And next thing is- a group of angel artists are partnering with us (YHWH Games!, LLC.) to flesh out and help us get our game to a point of release. I’m really excited by what they are doing and what we are coming up with. They also will be doing streams of them working on stuff live- so stay tuned if you are interested in seeing art in action! I’ve attached a hint as to what is to come!
We’re still working on the Mac/OSX fix… a security update for OSX has caused the patcher to not work. We had to acquire a new laptop and are working on it now.
Next update we plan on having horse bidding in, as well as some more bug fixes (like riding while buying wild horses) and more colors, markings and coat patterns!
I’m working on some videos to help grow our community— we got some fun footage at our new years party, mule racing and whatnot. Thank you everyone who attended, was fun testing multi-player capabilities.
Have a great weekend!
What: A Big test bash! Testing multi-player racing and just generally having fun and meeting other players
Where: Ranch #347 in game
When: Starting around 7:00 PM/PST/8:00 PM CST/9:00 PM EST
Why: Stay safe! Very small risk of being trampled by real horses (or vehicles). Meet other players, show off your horses, and everyone who attends will get free Orbs
How: Search for player #347 in horse search, view Bessie, View Owner, Visit Ranch!
Plenty o Prizes will be given out and competitions to be had!
Patch day today!
Our current priority is still getting the Mac Launcher/Patcher to work – a new security update for Mac OSX has caused errors getting our patcher working and it is a pain in the horse’s rear to fix. I will be adding a new download tonight to try/bypass the patcher all together meanwhile.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas/Holiday and hope you have an awesome and safe New Years. Chaos here is settling down, and hope to get a few additions in to the game this coming month, as well as do some marketing to help build the community.
Thank you again for all your support! Also, if there are any alpha testers that did not get their packages again for this soft launch, please let me know!
See notes here
(also, patch 17 fixes what I broke in 16… entering events)
Our IOS dev/build/test machine has decided to be a real fuddy duddy party pooper and throwing unrelated tantrums… delaying our investigation in to fixing/addressing the issue of the OSX patcher not working. Apologize to all OSX/mac users. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I know more. (It worked in Alpha I grumble grumble…!!!)
Awesome first week… I am super excited and dedicating more hours to working on the game. Thank you everyone for feedback/putting up with our dust etc… And wow- Game ops Hawk & Dragon mapped out the entire world. And those dead zones have been fixed! Over 1000 wild horses have already been caught, setting the foundations for the game to come.
While packs of wild arabs scale cliffs, trees float in the sky… training has been done on both large and small horses far and wide. Events have payed out, I raced other players in the desert… It has all been magical and I appreciate everyone coming and braving our Alpha II release!
Been an awesome first week of public testing so far. Everyone is having fun catching wild horses, training, breeding, and events are getting started. We’ve been working hard on fixing the bugs and making some improvements. Expect the next patch(es) this weekend, along with the IOS launcher fix. We should have wild horse spawning fixed shortly too (some breeds aren’t showing… others spawning too much).
We’ve got a basic wiki up – here it is . Also linking to it up top.
If anyone is interested in contributing- let me know!
(PS. Bessies are awesome)
Using bessie to get near a horse to catch
Issues- update #2 (I’ll start a new post for this soon)
–We’re working on fixing the launcher for OSX
–If you are having trouble installing- please post in comments or send me an email
Today we are launching the game in “LIVE” mode which means everyone starts with a clean slate/no horses- but anyone can join! Unless things go very horribly- data will not be reset. Currently the game is only available for Mac/OSX and Windows.
Development/Patch Notes: http://vhr3d.orbisgames.com/patchnotes.html
Everyone who signs up now (for at least this week) gets 7 days subscription time and 50 orbs to play with (for another subscription month, or spend how you wish.)
For new players:
– Welcome! I’ll be in chat as much as possible to assist with questions and I’ve got my notepad open to keep track of bugs/problems you find.
– Please keep in mind- that we are in Alpha Mode- this means things are not finished. We have big plans and have laid the ground work for big things…
– We are glad you are joining us in our journey!
For Early Access players:
– Welcome again!
-You can keep a copy of the “Dev” game that you have, and download the new game as well. The Dev game has the development data… your old horses and accounts. I may allow transfer of some horses to the Live game if there is a lot of whining etc.. and there are horses that you can not depart with 🙂
-You will need to install the new launcher (it’s prettier) to play the live game with everyone else.
-I will dispatch more Orbs and subscription time again… and you’ll probably get some more when we are officially 1.0 launched … the amount will be equivalent to the package(s) you purchased.
I have a meeting on Sunday but if you guys keep me busy enough… I will cancel
EDIT: Wrapping up final things- will be ready for public test ~6pm CST 10/28
Finally the news you have been waiting for… when when when?! I plan on having a public Launch (Alpha Test II) ready before next weekend (weekend of October 28th, 29th). Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get word- I’m uncertain if I am prepared to have the link as a public download link- so it might be by invitation only (but you can share the link with friends).
Everyone should get some subscription time, free “Orbs” to get more goodies of your choice, and goodies! I would like to get some good testing on events done, and all the new features to be added next update. I also expect people to find some serious bugs … along with some very cool horses!
Goal store is being removed- all purchases from the update and on out should be instantly delivered via in-game. If you have already made purchases, and waiting for your second round of stuff (your gifts again)- that will happen when I am certain there will be no “reset.” I will make sure everyone gets subscription time.
Thank you everyone- your patience has been wonderful. This will hopefully be the beginning of a lot faster and serious progress!
I will do another post later on listing the updates for this next public test.